This is a great old photo of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) holding one of Nikola Tesla’s inventions. What was Mark Twain doing in Nikola Tesla’s lab anyway? It turns out that these two were great friends and saw each other as often as they could.
Tesla had first become aware of Twain during his younger years while crippled with sicknesses so bad that the doctors had given up all hope. He was bedridden and sinking into deep despair when someone gave him a couple of Twain’s books to read to pass the time.
Tesla said that the books were so captivating and moving that it helped pull him out of the depressed state he was in, setting the stage for him to recover.
Later on in life he met Mark Twain at a place they both liked to go called The Player’s Club, Twain was someone absolutely entranced by things like science, technology, and inventions and so naturally he connected with Tesla right off the bat. It was there at that club that they began a strong friendship that would last the rest of their lives.
In many ways the two lived in the world of imagination, just different aspects of it. Both could pull ideas out of thin air and make monumental changes to the world around them, one through words and the other through electricity. They admired this ability in each other and liked to hang out and talk for hours in Tesla’s lab.
So really this isn’t only an awesome picture of Mark Twain but also a snapshot of a moment in time between two very good friends. Epic friends.
Source: Tesla Tours

This is a great old photo of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) holding one of Nikola Tesla’s inventions. What was Mark Twain doing in Nikola Tesla’s lab anyway? It turns out that these two were great friends and saw each other as often as they could.

Tesla had first become aware of Twain during his younger years while crippled with sicknesses so bad that the doctors had given up all hope. He was bedridden and sinking into deep despair when someone gave him a couple of Twain’s books to read to pass the time.

Tesla said that the books were so captivating and moving that it helped pull him out of the depressed state he was in, setting the stage for him to recover.

Later on in life he met Mark Twain at a place they both liked to go called The Player’s Club, Twain was someone absolutely entranced by things like science, technology, and inventions and so naturally he connected with Tesla right off the bat. It was there at that club that they began a strong friendship that would last the rest of their lives.

In many ways the two lived in the world of imagination, just different aspects of it. Both could pull ideas out of thin air and make monumental changes to the world around them, one through words and the other through electricity. They admired this ability in each other and liked to hang out and talk for hours in Tesla’s lab.

So really this isn’t only an awesome picture of Mark Twain but also a snapshot of a moment in time between two very good friends. Epic friends.

Source: Tesla Tours

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Did you know that the word “scientist” was coined for reconstructionist Mary Somerville? That’s right, the first “scientist” was a woman.

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Did you know that the word “scientist” was coined for reconstructionist Mary Somerville? That’s right, the first “scientist” was a woman.

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Black Beauty.

The first well-known black model, Helen williams

(Source: vintageblack2, via anythingbutstandard)

On Nikola Tesla: We need to replicate not only his science but also his humanity.

On Nikola Tesla: We need to replicate not only his science but also his humanity.

One of the best (and funniest) illustrations of science and history - EVER. Thank you to @Oatmeal for making this, and to @blundstone for putting it on my radar.

Let us toast to the great Nikola Tesla, to his unmatched revolutionary contributions to humanity, and hopefully, to justice! May his clear intention to gift humanity with his novel technology that generates free, wireless electricity eventually unfold as part of the future generation’s reality. 

P.S. Good or not, I do pray Thomas Edison’s soul hangs out somewhere near Hitler’s, along with other terrible d-bags and moochers like J.P. Morgan. 

I’m a tree hugger. I climb mountains. And I love Nikola Tesla. Among Tesla’s great discoveries is the principle of Environmental Energy - the Discovery of a new physical Truth that “there is no energy in matter other than that received from the environment.” 

So… When was the last time you hugged a tree? When was the last time you planted one? When you hug trees, they hug you back with invisible arms that envelop you with lots of good energy. 

Japanese researchers have recently shown that "forest bathing," taking long walks among trees, helps stimulate the immune system and leads to greater health. ”It is regarded as being similar to natural aromatherapy,” say the researchers.

Other than trees, there are plants like hemp which absorb four times more carbon dioxide than trees. Hemp is the miracle plant of our time. Trees take 20 years to mature versus 4 months for Industrial Hemp. Our forests are being cut down 3x faster than they can grow. One acre of hemp produces as much cellulose fiber pulp as 4.1 acres of trees. (Dewey & Merrill. Bulletin #404. U.S. Dept. of Age. 1916

SO WHAT LINKS THE LEGALISATION OF CANNABIS OR INDUSTRIAL HEMP (iHemp), AND REAL CAPITALISM THAT IS IN HARMONY WITH THE ENVIRONMENT? And what does my love for Tesla have to do with inspiring all these thoughts?

Cannabis has not been grown for sale in a number of countries, including Philippines and the United States, for most of the past 100 years (except as a manila hemp substitute during World War II) because of concerns that the non-industrial type would also become available and be processed for drug use. 

DID-YOU-KNOW STUFF:

Henry Ford’s first Model-T  was built to run on hemp gasoline and the CAR ITSELF WAS CONSTRUCTED FROM HEMP. On his large estate, Ford was photographed among his hemp fields. The car, ‘grown from the soil,’ had plastic panels made from a mixture of 70% cellulose fibers from hemp whose impact strength was 10 times stronger than steel at 2/3rd’s the weight for better economy (Popular Mechanics, 1941) Alcohol prohibition prevented Mr. Ford from powering his fleet with “plant-power”.

Consider a few more facts about hemp:
• Hemp does not require herbicides or pesticides.
• Hemp can be grown in a wide range of latitudes and altitudes.
• Hemp replenishes soil with nutrients and nitrogen, making it  an excellent rotational crop.
• Hemp controls erosion of the topsoil.
• Hemp converts CO2 to oxygen better than trees.
• Hemp produces more oil than any other crop, which can be  used for food, fuel, lubricants, soaps, etc.
• Hemp nut is a very healthy food, being the highest   protein  crop (after soybean) and high in omega oils.
• Hemp can be used for making plastics, including car parts.
• Hemp makes paper more efficiently and ecologically than  wood, requiring no chemical glues.
• Hemp can be used to make fiberboard.
• Hemp can be used to make paint.
• Hemp can produce bio-fuel and ethanol (better than corn).
• Hemp can be grown more than once per year.
• Hemp fibers can make very strong rope and textiles.

Now, with so much use for hemp, why is cannabis illegal in most countries? Simple. Because government and military control production and distribution. :P Government does NOT like competition.

Junkies & Hippies Who Cry for Peace

The moment you smoke a joint, make music and works of art that spread good vibes to end hatred and violence, and then maybe even join rallies and parties for peace, seriously, don’t expect me to applaud you for awesomeness. It’s RIDICULOUS. You get hippie and all that, you say you hate wars waged by governments, and yet - 90% of the time (unless you plant your own without fear of getting raided and arrested) - YOU FUND THOSE WARS.

If you take it as food, as medicine, and if you plant your own cannabis, well, I applaud you. :P Use it, don’t abuse it. In part, it’s the hippies who smoke it as a drug that make it so much harder to get it legalised for industrial and truly medicinal purposes that will benefit both humankind and the environment.

I know I have friends who love to smoke weed, and this entry is not meant to offend you or judge you. I merely ask you to consider the implications of your Mary Jane addiction to the cause of legalising this miracle plant for industrial and medicinal use. I ask you to reflect on how sincerely you stand for world peace. The more sober you are, the more actively you can follow and critically analyse things that happen around you. Ergo, the more impact you can have in making this world truly a better place to live in…for real. AND NOT JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE HIGH. 

Think about it.

Now… My thoughts on government, and corporations cannot be summed up in one blog entry. More than a decade into studying and partaking in politics, business, media and leadership, I still believe in the free market idea proposed by Ayn Rand. I also believe that spiritual solutions are needed to effectively address the economic problems of our time. Now, by spiritual, obviously, I don’t mean empowering the church. (Don’t even get me started with the Vatican Business Conglomerate’s financial holdings in the manufacturing of condoms and weapons of mass destruction.)

By “spiritual solutions to economic problems”, in part, I refer to the our generation’s need to see ourselves as part of the problem. We cannot be self-righteous brats, attacking and protesting how governments put more money in war than education; while smoking weed, getting wasted, partying like animals, polluting our minds with senseless television shows, buying everything advertisers say we N-E-E-D, getting addicted and lost in virtual realities of games that take our minds off what is real.

We cannot call the older generation of leaders hypocrites when we ourselves suffer from our own contradictions. Every fault we see in them touches a denied weakness within ourselves. 

I find it funny how some socialists attack capitalism, and corporations as if they were one and the same. AS IF, real capitalism ever existed. The reason corporations today are so big and powerful is not because of a free market, unlike what many socialists claim. It is because of government.

Government alters the market and gets in bed with the companies they want and it creates monopolies. (Think: Ferdinand Marcos, Ayalas, Lopezes, Aquinos, Cojuangcos, Juan Ponce Enrile, Fidel Valdez Ramos, Lucio Tan, Henry Sy, Manny Villar, etc. ~  What do they have in common here in Philippines? CONTROL IN GOVERNMENT, INFLUENCE IN THE MEDIA & MONOPOLY OF VARIOUS INDUSTRIES.) In a truly free market, monopolist individuals and corporations would lose all the power they have through government, and there would be a level playing field.

There are people who argue for government, yet government is the reason we are not allowed to farm industrial hemp. Industrial hemp is a cheaper, more sustainable way to produce many things that we currently produce by chopping down trees. In a truly free market, deforestation would be slowed down immensely because we would have the freedom to produce and buy alternatives, and evil practices that are killing the planet would not be subsidised as they are now.

Socialism and Oligopoly (Oligarch Monopoly) are basically what we have now. You see, corporations abhor free markets. Corporations, like government, loathe competition. Monopoly cannot co-exist with real capitalism. Real capitalism is not driven by monetary profits alone, but by the holistic concept of VALUE.

Value includes healthy competition, respect for human dignity, sustainable production, and innovations that benefit both humans and the environment.  

Corporations and corporate slaves use “capitalism” to describe what they do, but all they are are philosophically confused socialists disguised in corporate suits, sipping latté, eating sushi, loving tofu, maybe smoking pot, and spending three times more for the products of “fair trade” and “organic” markets - but know NOTHING about how small-scale farmers continue to get exploited by most of these so-called “green industries”.

Fair trade is NOT fair

Fair trade is neither fair nor good for trade. It transpires that a very small number of farmers are getting a subsidised fixed price for their produce under Fairtrade franchises and that this is at the expense of most other farmers in their regions, who are actually worse off as a result.

But even more serious, the Fairtrade operation helps to keep poor countries and undeveloped economies exactly that - poor and undeveloped. (Read More: Forget Fairtrade)

Nikola Tesla, often attempted to introduce, into our society, totally new ways of producing electrical power – steering us away from long term dependency on oil; however his new ideas were not accepted in his own time. In spite of this, Tesla did not allow himself to become a bitter, resentful, nor a negative person! Because of his advanced Inner Perception and spiritual nature, he often remarked that his ideasnot readily acceptedwould be taken up by future generations. He said:

"The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of a planterfor the future. His duty is to lay foundation of those who are to come and point the way.”

With the help of the hemp plant, we, as a society, could eliminate smog from current fuels, create a cleaner energy source that can replace nuclear power, remove radioactive waste from the soil, and significantly eliminate smog from our skies in more industrialised areas.

The hemp plant could assist in eliminating non-biodegradable plastics and cars by reintroducing Henry Ford’s 100 year old dream of building cars made from hemp with a plastic hemp car body that can withstand a blow 10 times as great as steel without denting, weighs 1 thousand pounds less than steel, hence improving gas mileage, can run on a vegetable oil based all natural hemp fuel, and has a completely biodegradable body.

Nationwide hemp production could eliminate deforestation by converting current paper to hemp paper which can be recycled up to 8 times where as our current wood pulp is only recyclable up to 3 times, and we could thrive from eating hemp seeds and feeding it to our animals and livestock.

Remember: there was a great deal of opposition to Tesla’s ideas; his spirit was one of a discoverer and inventornot a materialist interested in huge profits. Against tremendous odds, Nikola Tesla dedicated his life to the task of designing and improving technology for the service and spiritual advancement of all humanity. In a truly free market, Tesla’s inventions, like free wireless electricity, would have long served to uplift humanity from extreme poverty.

In the same manner, in a truly free market, among the hemp plant’s estimated 50,000 uses and benefits, industrial hemp’s biomass can be converted into gasoline, methanol, and methane at a fraction of the current cost of oil, coal, or nuclear energy.

Cannabis Hemp can replace any of the products made from timber. No more forests would be needlessly wasted. This would save precious resources and renew the ecosystems. More importantly, it would mean more beautiful heritage to grow for our children.

Until such time that we can all finally cheer “iHemp iHemp Hurray!”, let us continue doing our part to plant all kinds of illegal trees in our own backyard, and organise/join reforestation projects in our own local communities. 

Love and Light,

Drei ze Geek Goddess.

The critical security threats to our marine resources here in Philippines are depressingly real. We don’t have enough soldiers, let alone, competitive technology and equipment, to protect our immensely rich marine life. A comment from today’s news (http://news.yahoo.com/philippine-navy-standoff-chinese-ships-015620064.html): 

"Eight Chinese fishing boats Illegally fishing for endangered species and destroying the marine environment at Scarborough Shoal — at what looks to be about 500 nautical miles from China — well outside any internationally agreed zone - oh, I forgot, China does not respect international laws or treaties unless they benefit China. But China is bigger so they can take whatever they want, send their warships into the territories of other countries, and bully anyone who dares speak up against them. What’s next? Are the Chinese going to claim the Hawaiian islands as “their 5000 years ago” property? Maybe they will try to take Okinawa back from Japan. After all, China ruled Okinawa during the middle ages.”

My thoughts as a realist: Of course, China can. But it most likely won’t. Hawaii and Okinawa have less resources compared to the entire Philippine archipelago. So why bother bullying those areas? xD
China has more than 1.3 BILLION people. They have the world’s largest army. They practically own the United States… So, while there are still people ridiculously claiming that there is such a thing as overpopulation in Philippines - without understanding the difference between “overdensity” and “overpopulation”, and the reality that the NSO figures on our *official* population (95.8 million++) are far, far different from the *ACTUAL* population (around 70 million only) because LGUs want bigger cuts from the IRA (pork barrel), and thereby tremendously bloating local population figures annually - China continues to bully its way to do what it wants even if it tramples on our national sovereignty. So why aren’t Filipinos rallying its power against China? Perhaps because most Filipinos would rather spend their precious time looking good (in the sense that they feel like they can do something when they only have to bully fellow Filipinos - and not Big China, hehehe!), inanely still debating over population control issues, which make them feel more in control instead of feeling helpless. O:So, what to do? Even if we are to peg our total Philippine population to a fictitious 100 million, that would still be less than 10% of China’s ACTUAL population to date. Is it a good reason for the ASEAN to promote its unity to merely prepare to fight China? I reckon that such a move will only slow down China’s great destiny of being a huge contributor to world unity and global prosperity. It is no accident that the Chinese are good in math, and that they are great in business. There is also a momentum in the richness of their culture. China is not a stranger to invasion and deception. Over the centuries, China has had its share of invaders and enslavers. Do we want to have a model of unity, that will simply fight a newly resurgent China? Or would we rather embrace China as a brother? as a friend? And give due recognition to its unique role to global prosperity?There will be aberrant behaviours on the part of China along the way - but it is part of the process. Throughout all this, education is the one thing that will enable people to bring out the best within themselves. And bring that to bear on global development and prosperity. Perhaps we can send more Filipino English teachers - instead of just soldiers and diplomats - to relate with China. Education is always the best way to cultivate virtues of love, oneness of humanity, respect, cooperation, and the like. #RantOver#NationalSecurity #WorldPeace

The critical security threats to our marine resources here in Philippines are depressingly real. We don’t have enough soldiers, let alone, competitive technology and equipment, to protect our immensely rich marine life. 

A comment from today’s news (http://news.yahoo.com/philippine-navy-standoff-chinese-ships-015620064.html): 

"Eight Chinese fishing boats Illegally fishing for endangered species and destroying the marine environment at Scarborough Shoal — at what looks to be about 500 nautical miles from China — well outside any internationally agreed zone - oh, I forgot, China does not respect international laws or treaties unless they benefit China. But China is bigger so they can take whatever they want, send their warships into the territories of other countries, and bully anyone who dares speak up against them. What’s next? Are the Chinese going to claim the Hawaiian islands as “their 5000 years ago” property? Maybe they will try to take Okinawa back from Japan. After all, China ruled Okinawa during the middle ages.”

My thoughts as a realist: Of course, China can. But it most likely won’t. Hawaii and Okinawa have less resources compared to the entire Philippine archipelago. So why bother bullying those areas? xD

China has more than 1.3 BILLION people. They have the world’s largest army. They practically own the United States… So, while there are still people ridiculously claiming that there is such a thing as overpopulation in Philippines - without understanding the difference between “overdensity” and “overpopulation”, and the reality that the NSO figures on our *official* population (95.8 million++) are far, far different from the *ACTUAL* population (around 70 million only) because LGUs want bigger cuts from the IRA (pork barrel), and thereby tremendously bloating local population figures annually - China continues to bully its way to do what it wants even if it tramples on our national sovereignty. 

So why aren’t Filipinos rallying its power against China? 

Perhaps because most Filipinos would rather spend their precious time looking good (in the sense that they feel like they can do something when they only have to bully fellow Filipinos - and not Big China, hehehe!), inanely still debating over population control issues, which make them feel more in control instead of feeling helpless. O:

So, what to do? 

Even if we are to peg our total Philippine population to a fictitious 100 million, that would still be less than 10% of China’s ACTUAL population to date. 

Is it a good reason for the ASEAN to promote its unity to merely prepare to fight China? I reckon that such a move will only slow down China’s great destiny of being a huge contributor to world unity and global prosperity. 

It is no accident that the Chinese are good in math, and that they are great in business. There is also a momentum in the richness of their culture. China is not a stranger to invasion and deception. Over the centuries, China has had its share of invaders and enslavers. Do we want to have a model of unity, that will simply fight a newly resurgent China? Or would we rather embrace China as a brother? as a friend? And give due recognition to its unique role to global prosperity?

There will be aberrant behaviours on the part of China along the way - but it is part of the process. Throughout all this, education is the one thing that will enable people to bring out the best within themselves. And bring that to bear on global development and prosperity. 

Perhaps we can send more Filipino English teachers - instead of just soldiers and diplomats - to relate with China. Education is always the best way to cultivate virtues of love, oneness of humanity, respect, cooperation, and the like. #RantOver

#NationalSecurity #WorldPeace

Tesla. Einstein had his wife, Mileva Marić, who was also a trained and highly gifted physicist to help him in his research. Mileva Marić is really never given the credit she deserved for her contributions to Einstein’s early career development as a theoretical physicist. Einstein worked very closely with her in the development of his theoretical work on relativity. Sex discrimination in Europe during their early careers kept her from being recognised for her talents and skills. Tesla was, on the other hand, a lone wolf in his drive and theoretical research, including his experimentation. 

The problem for Tesla was his lack of business sense, keeping him under the thumb of greedy financial backers like J. P. Morgan, who, along with others, kept Tesla’s works and discoveries top secret, until and unless they could make a great deal of profit from the sale of his inventions, or control the marketing and supply exclusively. 

Remember: Einstein was a theoretical proposer. Tesla was a hands on, applied science provider, and innovator, who took his theories into the lab and shop. To fully develop new technology. That is, in fullness, the mark of real genius.

One of the best letters I’ve ever read.

laughingsquid:

PANGAEA: When The Continents Were Cuddling

Ze music video of ze most famous song on my Birthday [via http://on.fb.me/thisisthesong] is by Falco performing Rock Me Amadeus. (C) 2003 GIG Records, Markus Spiegel Ges. M.B.H., Vienna, Austria.

Rock Me Amadeus - Falco

I literally laughed out loud with utter amazement with regard to how much the soul of this song was able to sum up all ov my passions & peculiarities:

  • My love for classical music (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart + Frédéric Chopin to be exact ~ which is rather freaky since the most popular song on my birthday is an ode to Amadeus!)
  • My fascination over men in suits
  • My love for speed and riding big bikes, rock and roll and rap, anything German, Awesome Big Hair, and festive attires…
  • And last, but not the least, my Oedipal fascination for bountiful bosoms! ƸӜƷ 
  • In truth, I didn’t understand a single thing ze dude Falco was saying. I heard him say something which sounded like "be kunt" and so then I knew zees song waz truly my personal anthem. Hahahaha! :)) 
  • *BOW* 
  • ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ ♪♫  ٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶


As long as you don’t make waves, ripples, life seems easy. But that’s condemning yourself to impotence and death even before you are dead. - Jeanne Moreau 


The Báb (1819-1850)
The boldness of the Báb’s proclamation—which put forth the vision of an entirely new society—stirred intense fear within the religious and secular establishments. Accordingly, persecution of the Bábis quickly developed. Thousands of the Báb’s followers were put to death in a horrific series of massacres. The extraordinary moral courage evinced by the Bábis in the face of this onslaught was recorded by a number of Western observers. European intellectuals such as Ernest Renan, Leo Tolstoy, Sarah Bernhardt and the Comte de Gobineau were deeply affected by this spiritual drama that had unfolded in what was regarded as a darkened land. The nobility of the Báb’s life and teachings and the heroism of His followers became a frequent topic of conversation in the salons of Europe. The story of Tahirih, the great poet and Bábi heroine, who declared to her persecutors, “You can kill me as soon as you like, but you cannot stop the emancipation of women,” traveled as far and as quickly as that of the Báb Himself.17
Ultimately, those opposed to the Báb argued that He was not only a heretic, but a dangerous rebel. The authorities decided to have Him executed. On 9 July 1850, this sentence was carried out, in the courtyard of the Tabriz army barracks. Some 10,000 people crowded the rooftops of the barracks and houses that overlooked the square. The Báb and a young follower were suspended by two ropes against a wall. A regiment of 750 Armenian soldiers, arranged in three files of 250 each, opened fire in three successive volleys. So dense was the smoke raised by the gunpowder and dust that the entire yard was obscured.
The report of the execution, written to Lord Palmerston, the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, by Sir Justin Shiel, Queen Victoria’s Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary in Tehran on July 22, 1850, records: "When the smoke and dust cleared away after the volley, Báb was not to be seen, and the populace proclaimed that he had ascended to the skies. The balls had broken the ropes by which he was bound but he was dragged from the recess where, after some search he was discovered and shot."18
After the first attempt at execution, the Báb was found back in His cell, giving final instructions to one of His followers. Earlier in the day, when the guards had come to take Him to the courtyard, the Báb had warned that no “earthly power” could silence Him until He had finished all that He had to say. When the guards arrived this second time, the Báb calmly announced:"Now you may proceed to fulfill your intention."19
Again, the Báb and His young companion were brought out for execution. The Armenian troops refused to fire, and a Muslim firing squad was assembled and ordered to shoot. This time the bodies of the pair were shattered, their bones and flesh mingled into one mass. Surprisingly, their faces were untouched. The light of the "Mystic Fane," as the Báb referred to Himself, had been quenched under a dramatic set of circumstances.20 The last words of the Báb to the crowd were: "O wayward generation! Had you believed in Me every one of you would have followed the example of this youth, who stood in rank above most of you, and would have willingly sacrificed himself in My path. The day will come when you will have recognized Me; that day I shall have ceased to be with you."21
Each year on the 20th of October the whole Bahá’í World celebrates the Birth of the Inaugurator of the Bahá’í Dispensation (The Báb). 
Personally, it’s a very special day for me. The 135th Anniversary of His martyrdom was the blessed day my parents conceived me. Kekeke! ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ ♪♫✡♥ ♪ ٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶ 
Today is an extraordinarily Blessed Day! ❤(。◕‿◕。)❤

As long as you don’t make waves, ripples, life seems easy. But that’s condemning yourself to impotence and death even before you are dead. - Jeanne Moreau 

The Shrine of the Báb, Haifa, Israel.

The Báb (1819-1850)

The boldness of the Báb’s proclamation—which put forth the vision of an entirely new society—stirred intense fear within the religious and secular establishments. Accordingly, persecution of the Bábis quickly developed. Thousands of the Báb’s followers were put to death in a horrific series of massacres. The extraordinary moral courage evinced by the Bábis in the face of this onslaught was recorded by a number of Western observers. European intellectuals such as Ernest Renan, Leo Tolstoy, Sarah Bernhardt and the Comte de Gobineau were deeply affected by this spiritual drama that had unfolded in what was regarded as a darkened land. The nobility of the Báb’s life and teachings and the heroism of His followers became a frequent topic of conversation in the salons of Europe. The story of Tahirih, the great poet and Bábi heroine, who declared to her persecutors, “You can kill me as soon as you like, but you cannot stop the emancipation of women,” traveled as far and as quickly as that of the Báb Himself.17

Ultimately, those opposed to the Báb argued that He was not only a heretic, but a dangerous rebel. The authorities decided to have Him executed. On 9 July 1850, this sentence was carried out, in the courtyard of the Tabriz army barracks. Some 10,000 people crowded the rooftops of the barracks and houses that overlooked the square. The Báb and a young follower were suspended by two ropes against a wall. A regiment of 750 Armenian soldiers, arranged in three files of 250 each, opened fire in three successive volleys. So dense was the smoke raised by the gunpowder and dust that the entire yard was obscured.

The report of the execution, written to Lord Palmerston, the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, by Sir Justin Shiel, Queen Victoria’s Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary in Tehran on July 22, 1850, records: "When the smoke and dust cleared away after the volley, Báb was not to be seen, and the populace proclaimed that he had ascended to the skies. The balls had broken the ropes by which he was bound but he was dragged from the recess where, after some search he was discovered and shot."18

After the first attempt at execution, the Báb was found back in His cell, giving final instructions to one of His followers. Earlier in the day, when the guards had come to take Him to the courtyard, the Báb had warned that no “earthly power” could silence Him until He had finished all that He had to say. When the guards arrived this second time, the Báb calmly announced:"Now you may proceed to fulfill your intention."19

Again, the Báb and His young companion were brought out for execution. The Armenian troops refused to fire, and a Muslim firing squad was assembled and ordered to shoot. This time the bodies of the pair were shattered, their bones and flesh mingled into one mass. Surprisingly, their faces were untouched. The light of the "Mystic Fane," as the Báb referred to Himself, had been quenched under a dramatic set of circumstances.20 The last words of the Báb to the crowd were: "O wayward generation! Had you believed in Me every one of you would have followed the example of this youth, who stood in rank above most of you, and would have willingly sacrificed himself in My path. The day will come when you will have recognized Me; that day I shall have ceased to be with you."21

Each year on the 20th of October the whole Bahá’í World celebrates the Birth of the Inaugurator of the Bahá’í Dispensation (The Báb). 

Personally, it’s a very special day for me. The 135th Anniversary of His martyrdom was the blessed day my parents conceived me. Kekeke! ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ ♪♫ ٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶ 

Today is an extraordinarily Blessed Day! (◕。)

(via smackmybitchupp)


THERE CAN BE MIRACLES
WHEN YOU BELIEVE



Watching The Prince of Egypt

Ramses is a fabulous dresser

THERE CAN BE MIRACLES

WHEN YOU BELIEVE


Watching The Prince of Egypt

Ramses is a fabulous dresser

(via knockknockknock-penny-)

austinkleon:

Jay-Z, Decoded
Some of the best writing about music and art I’ve read in a while. (Read Mark Larson’s review— he gets it right: “I started off a little skeptical, just skimming for pictures and quotes and anecdotes, but then I just had to start over and read it straight through.”) I like what Jay-Z himself has to say about it:
When you’re famous and say you’re writing a book, people assume that it’s an autobiography—I was born here, raised there, suffered this, loved that, lost it all, got it back, the end. But that’s not what this is. I’ve never been a linear thinker, which is something you can see in my rhymes. They follow the jumpy logic of poetry and emotion, not the straight line of careful prose. My book is like that, too.
I tweeted some quotes, but my favorite is probably this one, which I quoted in Steal Like An Artist:
We were kids without fathers…so we found our fathers on wax and on the streets and in history, and in a way, that was a gift. We got to pick and choose the ancestors who would inspire the world we were going to make for ourselves…Our fathers were gone, usually because they just bounced, but we took their old records and used them to build something fresh.
Also, this section on Basquiat really impressed me.
Aw hell, the whole book is good. Read it!

austinkleon:

Jay-Z, Decoded

Some of the best writing about music and art I’ve read in a while. (Read Mark Larson’s review— he gets it right: “I started off a little skeptical, just skimming for pictures and quotes and anecdotes, but then I just had to start over and read it straight through.”) I like what Jay-Z himself has to say about it:

When you’re famous and say you’re writing a book, people assume that it’s an autobiography—I was born here, raised there, suffered this, loved that, lost it all, got it back, the end. But that’s not what this is. I’ve never been a linear thinker, which is something you can see in my rhymes. They follow the jumpy logic of poetry and emotion, not the straight line of careful prose. My book is like that, too.

I tweeted some quotes, but my favorite is probably this one, which I quoted in Steal Like An Artist:

We were kids without fathers…so we found our fathers on wax and on the streets and in history, and in a way, that was a gift. We got to pick and choose the ancestors who would inspire the world we were going to make for ourselves…Our fathers were gone, usually because they just bounced, but we took their old records and used them to build something fresh.

Also, this section on Basquiat really impressed me.

Aw hell, the whole book is good. Read it!

Dear Cambodia,
Thank you for giving me the chance to feel what it’s like to be “home.” Your trees, your rice, your gemstones, your gold, your ancient Angkor Wat… they are all subject to entropy, depletion and decay. Your greatest wealth rests in the minds, hearts and souls of your children. Cherish them. Nurture them. Love them. Spend quality time with them. It is your children who can make your Kingdom greater than it once was many centuries ago. Tell them your history. Let them conquer the past with knowledge, forgiveness and love. Raise them to always partake in excellence. And remember: 

"A child is a young plant: It will grow in whatever way you train it. If you rear it to be truthful, and kind, and righteous, it will grow straight, it will be fresh and tender, and will flourish." - Baha’i Writings


Love and Light,
Drei ze Imperial Dork Lord. 

inthehabitofsmiling:

Angkor, Cambodia

Dear Cambodia,

Thank you for giving me the chance to feel what it’s like to be “home.” Your trees, your rice, your gemstones, your gold, your ancient Angkor Wat… they are all subject to entropy, depletion and decay. Your greatest wealth rests in the minds, hearts and souls of your children. Cherish them. Nurture them. Love them. Spend quality time with them. It is your children who can make your Kingdom greater than it once was many centuries ago. Tell them your history. Let them conquer the past with knowledge, forgiveness and love. Raise them to always partake in excellence. And remember: 

"A child is a young plant: It will grow in whatever way you train it. If you rear it to be truthful, and kind, and righteous, it will grow straight, it will be fresh and tender, and will flourish." - Baha’i Writings

Love and Light,

Drei ze Imperial Dork Lord. 


inthehabitofsmiling:

Angkor, Cambodia

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